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  1. That's a great shot. I was going to take a look at this the other night but I'd imagine it's a very difficult object visually.
  2. Great attempt Mark. I think the testimonials for spotting this with scopes in the 12 inch range must have all the ticks in the boxes, incredibly dark skies and transparency. I'm pretty sure your scope would nail this with ease in such conditions.
  3. I've just had a little Google search there, (I'm retired, it's what I do).... And it would appear the size in the vast majority of cases is sub arc second. Seeing something that small transit in the brief time it would take to cross a half degree object would be a real challenge... To say the least. So balloon it is...
  4. Probably right if I think about it. The angular size of the average satellite must be very small. Not that I know what it would actually be...
  5. Judging by the number of satellites I routinely see at night that would be my first guess.
  6. I had a look at this last night having seen this post. Relatively easy to locate using NGC4365, only a hint of the host galaxy mind you.
  7. I've observed 3C 273 in an 8 inch sct over the years but it's not ideally placed from where I live. I would imagine if it were high in the sky from a dark site then your 120mm refractor would definitely be in with a chance.
  8. Yes, good article. I think you would need very dark skies and the right transparency to see this in a 12 inch scope.
  9. Might just bag it with that Mark. Good luck.
  10. This particular object has come up before but I thought I would revisit it for those who may not have come across it. I'm talking about the quasar in the constellation of the Lynx, designation APM 08279 +5255. At a distance of over 12 billion light years this will probably be the furthest object you will ever observe. Having read many observing reports , there are several that cite it being doable in a 12 inch. With this in mind I had a go the other night with the 12gps. I would say I wasn't able to confirm spotting it directly. I'm pretty sure the listed magnitude of 15.2 isn't helped by the
  11. And one more thing. I couldn't get the meade ascom driver to work under win10 with my lx200gps. In the end I downloaded a generic driver after getting a tip from this forum... It's the meade generic driver written by Colin Dawson. It worked a treat. Might be worth trying that.
  12. Not used Stellarium but I assume the scope has ran through its initialising and pointing at a particular object or star? When you connect, stellarium will show that on the graphic. I'm going on lx200 operation here but imagine it's pretty similar for the lx90. If the scope isnt aligned correctly then stellarium will assume that position. With a bit more info we can help you out.
  13. I'd have to agree with the last poster. I was observing them both during the recent conjunction when they were setting in the evening twilight. That was with low power and they were very difficult to find in a bright sky. I have a permanent setup but think getting it on the chip would be the hardest part. No harm trying though....
  14. Ah right, thanks for clarifying that
  15. If its scope control, as previously mentioned, some adaquate free software out there stellarium is good. I like cartes du ciel personally.
  16. Well done. I watched that pass last night and saw it pass close to moon. I must admit I've never checked up on ISS transit predictions. If I'd seen it transit I would have regretted not rolling the obsy roof back...
  17. Great report John. Yes observing that quasar is definitely a must for everyone with a scope capable of observing it. I first looked at it with a 8 inch sct in pretty dark skies and I can still remember the feeling while I contemplated what I was actually looking at. As you mention there are a few other quasars out there, the one in the constellation lynx always springs to mind, that's getting on for 'birth of the universe' time scales as I recall. May have to look that up..
  18. Nice image. One of my favourite open clusters.
  19. That's a cracking shot. When you see these wide field images of orion you are always made aware of the extent of the nebulosity. Not something you would think about when I first started out.
  20. The Meade LX10 was an 8 inch SCT designed entirely for that mount, you are referring to the LX200 series of scopes when you mention compatibility with other size OTAs. The wedge likewise.
  21. That's two hobbies perfectly suited as that scope is a beast of a thing. A bit of a step up from the 12 and that's one awkward bit of kit.
  22. Hi percivel, I take it the 14 is obsy mounted?
  23. Never tire of all things apollo. Although I remember the era as it happened I was a little too young to appreciate it. Nothing around at the time to see it in that kind of glory if you weren't lucky enough to see it in the flesh. It's probably why I hope I live to see another manned lunar mission in my lifetime. At this point in history the ability to witness it as it occurs should be breathtaking.
  24. A quick search pulled up this.... https://www.astroshop.eu/handcontroller/meade-autostar-ii-handbox/p,49978
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